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President of the College Announces Her Plan to Retire After 25 Years of Service

May 13, 2019

President of the College Announces Her Plan to Retire After 25 Years of Service

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., announced this evening that she will retire as President of St. Thomas Aquinas College on June 30, 2020, after completing 25 years at the College.

Dr. Fitzpatrick made this announcement via video to all employees following the College’s 62nd Commencement ceremony.

Dr. Fitzpatrick expressed how proud she is of everything she and the employees of St. Thomas Aquinas College have accomplished. “I feel I am so fortunate to have been the President and to have been able to work with you. The best part of being President has been to serve the College’s students alongside you, thank you for this privilege.”  Fitzpatrick further stated that she will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to St. Thomas Aquinas College to teach for a few more years.

A search committee has been formed and will be lead by Peter Skae, Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College with the intention of the next President starting their tenure on July 1, 2020. Mr. Skae remarked, “The board would like to congratulate Dr. Fitzpatrick on her retirement and wish her the best in the next chapter in her life.  Dr. Fitzpatrick has been an exceptional leader, amazing visionary and true friend to St. Thomas Aquinas College.”

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s formidable career as President at St. Thomas Aquinas College includes being the chief executive officer and academic leader, directing fiscal oversight, leading the College in strategic planning and assessment, and advancing institutional internal and external relations. She enjoys being a tenured professor teaching in the fields of education, mathematics, and science and religion.

Her many accomplishments and contributions to the College’s growth and continued success include: 

  • Reorganization of the College into three schools: School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education.
  • Creating the National Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at St. Thomas Aquinas College 
  • Recruitment of vibrant faculty members who strengthen core academic programs and create the academic programs of tomorrow. 
  • New construction: Science and Arts Hall, Administration/Faculty Hall, Kraus Fitness Center, two residence halls (with a third to open in early 2020), athletic complex with synthetic turf field for five of our currently twenty DII sports teams, Marian Gardens, the Sullivan Theatre, and the Bloomberg Professional Laboratory.
  • Expanded use of sustainable and alternative energy.
  • Technology advances including totally wireless campus, Google College, integrated administrative software, electronic teaching platforms, and total and hybrid online academic programs.
  • Successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns.
  • The College has been consistently ranked in the top tier for fiscal health by the National Council of Independent Colleges for resource sufficiency, debt management, asset performance, operating results, and overall financial health.
  • Strategic partnerships with 50 institutions of higher learning both nationally and globally, and 50 corporate partnerships.
  • Dr. Fitzpatrick has been elected to national Boards including Catholic higher education (ACCU), President's Council for NCAA DII, Commission for Higher Education (Middle States), Catholic University of America, St. John's University, and De Paul University.​
     
Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick sitting at her desk

Dr. Margaret Fitzpatrick, S.C., Ed.D., announced this evening that she will retire as President of St. Thomas Aquinas College on June 30, 2020, after completing 25 years at the College.

Dr. Fitzpatrick made this announcement via video to all employees following the College’s 62nd Commencement ceremony.

Dr. Fitzpatrick expressed how proud she is of everything she and the employees of St. Thomas Aquinas College have accomplished. “I feel I am so fortunate to have been the President and to have been able to work with you. The best part of being President has been to serve the College’s students alongside you, thank you for this privilege.”  Fitzpatrick further stated that she will take a one-year sabbatical and then return to St. Thomas Aquinas College to teach for a few more years.

A search committee has been formed and will be lead by Peter Skae, Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Thomas Aquinas College with the intention of the next President starting their tenure on July 1, 2020. Mr. Skae remarked, “The board would like to congratulate Dr. Fitzpatrick on her retirement and wish her the best in the next chapter in her life.  Dr. Fitzpatrick has been an exceptional leader, amazing visionary and true friend to St. Thomas Aquinas College.”

Dr. Fitzpatrick’s formidable career as President at St. Thomas Aquinas College includes being the chief executive officer and academic leader, directing fiscal oversight, leading the College in strategic planning and assessment, and advancing institutional internal and external relations. She enjoys being a tenured professor teaching in the fields of education, mathematics, and science and religion.

Her many accomplishments and contributions to the College’s growth and continued success include: 

  • Reorganization of the College into three schools: School of Arts & Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education.
  • Creating the National Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at St. Thomas Aquinas College 
  • Recruitment of vibrant faculty members who strengthen core academic programs and create the academic programs of tomorrow. 
  • New construction: Science and Arts Hall, Administration/Faculty Hall, Kraus Fitness Center, two residence halls (with a third to open in early 2020), athletic complex with synthetic turf field for five of our currently twenty DII sports teams, Marian Gardens, the Sullivan Theatre, and the Bloomberg Professional Laboratory.
  • Expanded use of sustainable and alternative energy.
  • Technology advances including totally wireless campus, Google College, integrated administrative software, electronic teaching platforms, and total and hybrid online academic programs.
  • Successful multi-million dollar capital campaigns.
  • The College has been consistently ranked in the top tier for fiscal health by the National Council of Independent Colleges for resource sufficiency, debt management, asset performance, operating results, and overall financial health.
  • Strategic partnerships with 50 institutions of higher learning both nationally and globally, and 50 corporate partnerships.
  • Dr. Fitzpatrick has been elected to national Boards including Catholic higher education (ACCU), President's Council for NCAA DII, Commission for Higher Education (Middle States), Catholic University of America, St. John's University, and De Paul University.​
     


For more information please contact Annie Lombardi at [email protected]

St. Thomas Aquinas College is an independent liberal arts college located on 60 acres in Rockland County, NY which provides education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s 2,800 full and part-time students can choose from more than 100 different majors, minors, specializations, and dual degree programs across three Schools: Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. The College is recognized by U.S. News & World Report in the Top-Tier for Regional Universities, by Colleges of Distinction in both its New York and Catholic editions, by Affordable Colleges Online as a top College in New York for Return on Investment, and is included as a Military Friendly School®. St. Thomas Aquinas College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; its School of Education is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and its School of Business is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). For more information, visit www.stac.edu.